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A 50-year-old woman with severe emphysema due to smoking underwent lung volume reduction surgery of her right upper lobe.
January 17, 2011
In 1932, the radiologist Henry Pancoast first described a superior pulmonary sulcus tumor (SST) as a carcinoma (of uncertain origin) developing in the apex of the chest.
January 2, 2011
A number of prosthetic materials, including GORE-TEX® and Marlex Mesh sandwiched with methylmethacrylate cement, have been described to restore the rigid chest wall contour. We discuss the role of a new rigid system for chest-wall reconstruction, consisting in moldable titanium bars and rib clips used in combination with a biological patch.
December 6, 2010
This article describes the different techniques of pericardial reconstruction after partial pericardiectomy in thoracic surgery. Emphasis is put on reconstruction using synthetic meshes.
December 6, 2010
Editor's Note
September 19, 2010
Ivor Lewis esophagectomy is occasionally required in patients who have previously undergone gastric surgery.  A technique is described to salvage a gastric conduit by preserving the left gastric pedicle during esophagectomy.
August 30, 2010
Hemodynamically stable patients with an undiagnosed pericardial effusion are well suited for a thoracoscopic window. When pericardial, pleural, or pulmonary pathology co-exist and require diagnosis or therapy, a thoracoscopic approach is ideal.
August 30, 2010
Pericardial cysts are an uncommon benign congenital anomaly in the middle mediastinum.  They represent 6% of mediastinal masses, and 33% of mediastinal cysts.  Other cysts in the mediastinum are bronchogenic – 34%, enteric – 12%, thymic and others – 21%.
August 30, 2010
A 42-year-old man with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) presented to the emergency department (ED) complaining of worsening shortness of breath and respiratory distress.  His home oxygen requirement was 2 liters by nasal canula, and he has had multiple prior hospital admissions for respiratory failure.
April 7, 2010
The patient presented years after coronary artery revascularization with symptoms of CHF. He was diagnosed with a large pseudoaneurysm of the inferior wall of the left ventricle. Resection of the pseudoaneurysm and reconstruction of the left ventricle was completed while maintaining the beating heart.

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